The Daily Dose: Your Guide to the World Today – 7 August 09

The Arctic Ocean could become a polluted stagnant soup within 60 years if the Transpolar Drift, one of the Arctic’s most powerful currents, disappears as a result of global warming – and new research suggests that it might.

Three iconic US glaciers – perhaps the most studied of all – are shrinking at an accelerated rate described as a “rapid and sustained retreat” by the US Geological Survey, bolstering global concerns about rising sea levels and reductions in the supply of fresh drinking water.

US national parks face a potentially “catastrophic” loss of animal and plant life due to climate change, the National Parks Conservation Association has warned in calling for a detailed plan and funding to adapt park lands to temperature-related ecosystem changes.

Odd Spot: Having spent three and a bit centuries upholding a vow by praying for a local glacier to stop growing, Swiss villagers in the alpine towns of Fieschertal and Fiesch are now petitioning the Pope to change their vow because the glacier is melting fast due to climate change.

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